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The Master of Us All: Balenciaga, His Workrooms, His World

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Blume, Mary (Author)
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Publication Date: 11 February 2014
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A sparkling life of the monumental fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga

One of the most innovative and admired figures in the history of haute couture, Cristobal Balenciaga was, said Christian Dior, "the master of us all."

Despite his extraordinary impact, Balenciaga was a man hidden from view. He saw to it that little was known about him, to the point that some French journalists wondered if he existed at all. Even his most devoted clients Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Hutton, a clutch of Rothschilds never met him.

But one woman knew Balenciaga very well indeed. The first person he hired when he opened his Paris house was Florette Chelot, who became his top vendeuse. She witnessed the spectacular success of his first collection, and they worked closely for more than thirty years, until 1968, when Balenciaga abruptly closed his house without telling any of his staff. Youth-oriented fashion was taking over, Paris was in upheaval, and the elder statesman wanted no part of it.

In "The Master of Us All," Mary Blume tells the remarkable story of the man and his world. Intimate and revealing, this is an unprecedented portrait of a designer whose vision transformed an industry but whose story has never been told until now."

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A sparkling life of the monumental fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga. Unlike today's celebrity designers, he saw to it that little was known about him, to the point that some French journalists wondered if he existed at all. But one woman knew Balenciaga better than anyone else.

Product Details

ISBN-10: 0374534381

ISBN-13: 9780374534387

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux       

Language: English

Age Range: NA - NA years

Grade Level: NA - NA

Paperback: 228 Pages

Product Dimension (L x W x H): 21.29 x 13.89 x 1.68 CM

Shipping Weight: 0.22 Kg

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